So if the princess can sleep on the pea does that mean she is not a princess?

I mean she isn’t sleeping by her own choice I assure you but from my point of view she needs to hibernate.  Whilst it is quite my own fault for not sticking to my goal of 100 stitches a day, which in fairness is not onerous is it, I cannot proceed with her for the time being.  I had two very long weekends of stitching on her and whilst I can see the progress I still could not see the end.  So here she is at her hibernation point.  As yet I do not know how long the hibernation will be but I do know that I will not also reach my goal of completing her in a year. So here she is at point of hibernation.  Oh yes and you will see the distinct mark of unpicking which was indeed the final straw.29971270555_d0ee85760c_o

In other more productive news, mainly because of above hibernation.

Little Tiger is done

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Alice Hooties are done

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Fast and Furious Clouds Factory is done

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See storming through…

I have also have been working on some squares for another crochet blanket

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And I started a new cardi which is coming along great

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So cross stitch, knitting and crochet is all good.

Now sewing

The good….

I have done a little bit of EPP towards a travel sewing kit

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I have stitched the front piece for the owl wallhanging so just need to cut and stitch the felt pieces and then finish off.

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Unfortunately clothes sewing has been minimal and not too successful so we will ignore that!

And I finished the Green Mile.

Ah and I went to a hen do and did a little ceramic painting.

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In the grand scheme of things quite successful but frustrating at the same time.  So on for one last push to finish out the year.  As always the plans have been modified but its only me I have to please so there is no problem there!

Its only a duck in a shawl and some rabbits in dresses aka my late second quarter round up

(well this was started before I went on a mini break and I just didn’t get around to finishing it before I went so now I’m back! and behind as always ;-()

Well we have finishes, successful and not, we have delegated projects and we have cancelled plans.

The delay for this is really because the bunnies and the duck were eyelessly staring at me and I could not, as much as I did not want to finish either, do anything until they were done as they were beginning to craze me.  The duck was only finished the day before yesterday and that was only as I had had a few small “craft slots” which really only lent itself to this.

So here she is.  A word of caution if you are planning to do this make sure you really want it.  Its probably the worse of the Beatrix Potter Alan Dart patterns I have made up so far in construction terms and as you will see my version is not so very like the model picture.  If this were just my warning I would be sharing it in a different way, however after completing it I have discovered most people feel the same.

The bridesmaids were a little less taxing and I am after having not looked at them for a week or so pleased with them.  They are gifts for a friends daughters who are being flower girls at the friends wedding.  Yes I know flower girl bridesmaid but they are only young and the bunnies are carrying flowers so lets all use a bit of imagination her and pretend like we are 3 and 6!  The wedding colour is pink although these are the colours called for in the pattern, I however think maybe not this bright!  I made a few omissions from the original pattern although I had knitted them.  The pattern provided feet which I could not work out how they went on now could I work out why they would be seen with a full length dress?  I also left of the headbands which even though they had flowers on reminded me a little too much of sweatbands, maybe that’s just because wimbledon is on.

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So I started with the last two for no good reason other than they were the closest on my mind and bring me relief.  I know you should not feel this way about crafting but sometimes things just don’t work out and sometimes they have been left so long they become a bit of a millstone.

“The Pea” however is not like this.  Unfortunately I have not had as much time to spend on her as I wanted but everytime I do stitch on her I love it.  There is something that pleases my mind about the methodicalnesss of the parking and working in rows plus the colours and seeing things appear out of all those tiny crosses is amazing.

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Last before she got moved to new frame

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On related front one I am surprised and pleased that with the amount of people I see doing Heaven and Earth designs, the regularity of their discounts and people showing their HAED pattern stashes that I have not been drawn into buying more.  Again my opinion but these are all epic undertakings and I could not cope with starting more than one of these at once.  I know I have other things on the go so that probably accounts for most of this but with the size, cost and amount of work required I just could not cope and my is only a mini, just a mere 35000 stitches!

On related front two I am not sure how many of my new toys I had last time I blogged?  Well I managed to pick up a bargain stand, but I think this might have been before christmas, I didn’t know if I really wanted or needed one and had been trying to look out for them in the shops to see but had kind of decided the one I liked the idea of was the Daylight smartstand.  One came up on gumtree for £10 so you know what happened there.  I have used it with my Qsnap and my other new toy and it has its faults but overall I am pleased with it.  The other new toy is the Millenium Frame, if you’ve not heard of them take a look at Needleneeds website then if you pay your money sit down and wait!

To be fair I did not wait that long, I did chase and  I did order by phone.  I then promptly had a suck when it arrived as I could not make it work.  Its all set up now and I am using it for “Pea” as you can see.  I think you definitely need something to hold it or lean it on. The tension though as described, once you get it in right *embarrassed*, is super tight.  I have been impressed with the new qsnaps i bought but this is different.  I don’t think life would have come to a halt if I had not got one but I would not be in a  hurry to part with it either, its a matter of choosing the right tool for the job sometimes it will be the millennium sometimes a qsnap, for diddy stuff neither.

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So that covers wip number 1.

WIP number 2 is the Hooties.  I am on track to the end of June, July is finished (might as well mention it as we are in July) but still needs a bit more work.  So here are the next 3

WIP number 3 has been a quarter 2 new start and is the little tiger, I needed an extra car project so this was chosen from the 3 “littles”.

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So now for another finish!  The We’re all Mad biscornu from clouds factory is all completely finished.  Now in a different way to Jemima please please do try a biscornu and don’t be afraid, they are so much fun and so satisfying as they come together.  I love this and I love the colour fabric I chose, the only problem I had was finding buttons diddy enough to not obscure to much of the pattern.

And another….the Shaun Bookmark. Not much to say on this one but it is done.

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Now for Sad/Happy finish.  Its my ripple blanket I am so so happy with it but I am so so sad that it is finished as I loved doing it.  Yes there are mistakes, yes my tension changed and one end is wider than the other but I am so pleased with it.  I think unusually it might be something I do again but maybe in a different size.  As I am still such a crochet noob I decided I would keep exactly to the pattern which does mean its quite large!  To be fair I didn’t even look at what size it would be before I started!

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Ok now some bad.

I have finished one book although this may have been on the last update.  After the mini break I am now only about 150 pages off another finish but really this is not good enough and I am so far behind with my reading plans its ridiculous I am not even going to be close to my target for the year.

The Kimono has gone for a holiday as “something” following the bad incidents. Out of sight out of mind….

The lace jumper has gone to be attempted by someone else (thankyou x)

So all in all I have had a bit of a clear down of things that were on the go and it feels good.  Now onwards and upwards, I really need to spend some time on the pea.  My original plan was to get her done by the end of July er well thats not going to happen!  So my new target is early Nov as this will be a year from the start, anything sooner will be a bonus if it drags past that I will not be too happy.  Tiger will be continued as a car project.  I have been working on a adjusting a pattern for a full bust adjustment in the hope that I can make something that will it!  Well sew something that I manage to finish and had do degree of hope in anycase!  I think I may well start my owl quilt and would also like to do some of the craft holders I have planned.  I think I may use some of the leftover wool from the ripple to do some granny squares.  And finally I want to do some knitting for myself, I had planned to do the sugar jumper but again I had bought wool that does not knit to the correct tension so have gone off the idea completely and I am looking at other things although I am trying to be good and use a stash pattern but will have to buy some yarn as I don’t have yarn stash 😉

Happy crafting

Oh dear and nowt to show

I have generally been on a go slow, when I have not its not really gone too well.

I am so far behind where I want to be with my SK books its ridiculous so lets not talk about that.

I am up to date with Hooties and I was upto date with ripple until last week so hopefully I can catch that up.  Pea miles behind…not worked on anything else other than what follows…

The Kimono.  Well I was in an upbeat positive mood so I thought I would get it out and give it some attention.  Well I did, and undid some, and did and undid some and made some holes where there should be any and fiddled with my machine and tested on some scrap of the same and some different material , realised I was only going backwards and that essentially none of the pieces were connected anymore and the swiss cheese effect wasn’t what I was looking for so put it back in the cupboard.  I think it has had it to be fair.  There is probably enough to cut some smaller pieces to make something else but as yet I do not know what or I might just be able to trim all the pieces, ie downsize it a bit, and have another go.

I have collected the lace jumper that I asked my mum to knit me a couple of years ago as she had decided she had had enough.  The reason why I asked for it to be knitted for me it I am not a lace fan.  But I thought its here, its started lets seen what happens.  Er, um a lot of unpicking happened.  I didn’t get one row completed, I don’t understand the instructions, I don’t like lace knitting (ok I knew this but sometimes you have to try) and what I did manage to do took me so long that it would take me so long to knit it I would not want it when I had done as I would be fed up of it and I will have grown out of wanting it!  Oh boy do I see why my mum was fed up.  So now the question is what to do, apart from the last row that has probably been messed up by me fiddling it looks great but at the same time there is a very long way to go, to match the tension will be tricky (I knew I was going to face that in any case) but would someone want to take it on either for me or for them self or do I just frog and find something else to do with the yarn?

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Here is hoping for a peachier patch both in progress and success!

 

VW Camper Wedding Cross Stitch

Can you just, how long will it take, well Ive seen something….

How well us crafters all know those phrases 🙂

Well it was “so you know that wedding we are going to on Easter weekend they are having lots of hand made things and they are into VW, there’s this cross stitch on the internet do you think you could do it in time?”  This is about end of Feb so the search for where the pattern was from and whether I could get it began.

As usual people are so helpful when you put out an internet call for help.  Someone on Ravelry (not asked so not naming names) managed to pinpoint what magazine it was from for me.  This meant that I was then able to further research this and look on eBay etc for the magazines.  I knew I had seen it before but could not workout why it was familiar.  Once I got to some further pictures I knew, I had seen it when I had ordered some other wedding patterns from email a while back.  The pattern was in a magazine with some other transport related wedding patterns including a bicycle, london bus and an elephant.  I think it was the elephant that reminded me!  This also enabled me to see who the pattern was by.

By this time I had also set my ever helpful mum on the trail contacting the magazine company that published it etc…

It turned out it was a Maria Diaz design and to my excitement I found a website so thought bingo I’ll be able to order it of the website and a make a start.  Unfortunately the pattern was not available on the website.  So back to mum to get on the case of finding if there was a way to order the pattern even though it was not available on the website?

My mum managed to contact Maria direct and although she said she was busy she said she would look the pattern out and email it over in the next few days for free!   True to her word it was with me within a few days with a simple request to provide a photo of the completed item for her new website which will be available soon.

So off I set I know its only a small design but I thought it would take longer than it did.  It only took around 8 hours.  I did make two changes which was no french knots, some days I can, some I can’t, hard as I tried I couldn’t.  Also I changed the “Just married” from the top to the bride and grooms names and put the date on the bottom.

I was really pleased with the outcome, as apparently were the bride and groom!  The frame was perfectly them and fitted in with their “blingy” theme.

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Cascade Cable Rib Jumper/vest

Well here it is, modelled by the recipient!

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Its from this free pattern http://www.cascadeyarns.com/patternsFree/FW157_HeritageSilkDoubleRibTop.pdf

but the yarn was subbed for Cascade Heritage (not silk)  as my sister likes to tumble dry!  There  is a whole load of other great patterns on there too.

Pretty pleased with the outcome as always not a big fan of picking up but for both the armholes and neck border I jouned and the picked up in the round rather than knitting flat as it states in the instructions.

It knitted up really quickly as although the yarn is 4 ply it is used double so is a much larger(?)/smaller tension.  There was a delay whilst waiting for neckhole size checking as I have a habit of casting off too tight.

1st Quarter Round Up

Well again this is mainly for my benefit to give myself a kick up the bum but will also give you all an idea of what I have (and haven’t!) been doing.

What I know I have done is got too many things on the go, I don’t really know how it has happened but I really need to get on top of things again.

I am going to number things so we can all see the problem

Firstly reading (1) I hope that by the time I post this I will have finished my book that was meant to be finished well before Christmas and should have been followed by three more this year so far.  I can’t put my finger on my I have not got on with this one.  Its a book of short stories in hardback format, whether either of these factors have a bearing or whether reading hasn’t been up there on my todo list I do not know. (I HAVE HAVE!)

Jemima Puddleduck knitted toy (2) well I don’t think I have made any progress on this this year.  I know I got to a point where I was trying to put one bit together and  its just wasn’t working so I put it to one side…..and there it has stayed.  I really want to get to more knitted BP’s done this year so I really need to get back to this.

Knitted Bridesmaids (3) yep there were knitted over Christmas and I have done a little construction but they are mainly still just a pile of knitted pieces.  I have got until August to finish them off by what to see them done well ahead of that.

Lace Batwing Jumper (4) This is technically a new addition although it has been started by my mum, she says she wont be able to finish it for me and I’m not go at lace knitting so this could be an extremely long term project.  Well its been on the go nearly three years a bit longer wont hurt.

Cascade cable rib jumper for my sister is finally finished Hurrah.  No longer a WIP and finish number 3 for the year (see below for 1 and 2)

Crochet ripple blanket (5) well at the moment this is not actually going to badly. I keep changing my goal but I am within a few days either ahead or behind depending on which one I am using.

We’re all mad cross stitch biscornu (6)  I am so annoyed this is not finished yet the only real reason is I can’t decide if I am happy with the buttons I have chosen.  As I have not done it I guess not so best I look for some more.  Definitely want to see this finished by end of April.

Hooties in Wonderland (7) Well in a cheats world this gives me two extra finishes as I have finished 2 from 9 of the characters and I am on track for my one a month.

Shaun the sheep bookmark (8) Finally collected the thread that I need to complete so this should be finished very early in April.

Princess and the Pea (9) Ok so we all know she was going to be a while but I have not worked on her for over a month so I am really behind where I wanted to be and also missing working on her.  Hopefully can get back to it this week.

Wedding Camper.  Yey another finish, although it was an unintended start and a can you just.  See this post of details.

Q Snap cover.  As can been seen from the last post this was actually the first finish of the year along with the sleeves for the hooties.

Kimono (10) This has been partially unpicked but still sitting in the cupboard thinking about what it has done.

So in short my pushing myself hard to get things done has not worked that well.  I think I have done well in that I think I have only bought things that I need for what I was doing, ie extra threads for camper, my only other “order” has been for a millennium frame but that’s not exactly going to plan although I am not surprised.

Anyway I know that many people have many more things on the go but this is simply too many so I need to take a look at myself and get some off the list asap.  So off I go…..